During debut, Ryan takes shot at Hillary

Greg Nash

During his first news conference as Speaker, Paul Ryan said on Tuesday he isn’t paying attention to attacks on Congress from the pack of GOP presidential candidates. But that didn’t stop him from taking a shot at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

{mosads}“We are at a generational, defining moment,” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Tuesday at the Republican National Committee headquarters. “We don’t believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. We think [President Obama] has been leading it in the wrong direction. We think a Hillary Clinton presidency will continue to lead the country in the wrong direction.

“That’s why we feel we have an obligation to the hard-working citizens in this county to show them how we would do things differently,” he continued, “to show them how we would tackle our country’s problem before they tackle us, to get things fixed.”

As for the GOP candidates constantly lobbing attacks on Republican leaders in Washington, Ryan said: “I’m not concerned about the presidential election. That’s going to work itself out.”

As he did during five Sunday show interviews, Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, called on his party to be more aggressive in showing voters how Republicans would be different if they ran the White House.

“We’re going to go on offense. We’re going to go on offense on ideas and give the country a bold, alternative agenda, because we don’t think the country is heading in the right direction right now,” said Ryan, flanked by his leadership team.

“We think the last seven years have been bad years for advancing the American idea,” he said. “We need to go in a different direction, and we owe it to the country to show that different direction. We’re not going to focus on who’s doing what in the presidential election.”

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